Running in the winter isn’t always fun. The cold keeps us inside, which means slogging along on a “dreadmill.” If we do choose to brave the winter weather, things can turn soggy and slippery quickly.
But there’s good news: You don’t have to stay holed up in the gym for the entire season and log all your miles on a machine. Combat the elements with these new winter-ready shoes. These cushiony, comfortable, and sturdy picks will help you conquer even the slushiest of cold-weather conditions.
Love a comfy ride when you hit the pavement? These supportive sneakers from Brooks offer maximum lightweight cushioning in the midsole so you feel like you’re walking on air. Meanwhile, no-sew overlays in the upper mean a lower chance of chafing and getting blisters on long runs.
Saucony Hurricane Iso
These Saucony shoes will also provide a comfortable, cushioned ride. They boast a sockliner that conforms to your feet to nix pressure on hot spots and offer a snug fit.
Nike Lunar Glide 7 Flash
The Lunar Glide 7 Flash is the ultimate option for high visibility during outdoor runs in the dark. A super-reflective swoosh and mesh on the toebox shine bright when hit with headlights. A Flyknit upper hugs your feet, and the outsole design (constructed with key pressure points in mind) adds plenty of traction.
Brooks Ghost 8 GORE-TEX
On days you’re running through a wet, wintry mix, waterproof shoes are ideal. This update of Brooks’ popular Ghost style includes GORE-TEX to keep feet warm and dry. The sockliner lends a smooth fit, and thick lugs on the outsole are extra-durable—no matter what conditions you’re tackling.
Saucony Guide 8
Reflective detailing on the upper of the Saucony Guide 8 keeps you safely visible during early-morning or evening runs, and RUNDRY technology on the liner wicks away moisture (be it sweat, sleet, or snow). These shoes are great for slushy or icy runs too, as special grooves on the sole add extra traction.
Mizuno Wave Rider 19
The Wave Rider is a favorite among Mizuno devotees, and the most recent iteration doesn’t disappoint. The 3D upper and liner provide a comfortably snug fit, while a thicker outsole ups traction for runs on slick surfaces.